Garden Grove To Marijuana Clubs: You're Welcome Here

Bucking the trend of Orange County cities who are doing everything they can to shut down medical marijuana clubs within their borders, Garden Grove is taking the opposite tack. Instead of suing the clubs out of existence, city officials are planning to ask them to register like any other business. Like several other cities throughout Orange County, not to mention unincorporated areas of the county, Garden Grove currently has a ban on pot clubs. But city manager Matt Fertal told the Orange County Register in an article published yesterday that the ban is "unenforceable."

Thus, at the next city council meeting on July 25, the city council will vote on whether to reverse the ban and require medical marijuana dispensaries that are either already open or that hope to locate in Garden Grove to stop by city hall and fill out some paperwork. As the Register story points out, the city has already spent over $200,000 in a four-year court battle with Felix Kha, who was detained by police officers with eight grams of marijuana.

After providing the police with a valid doctor's note stating that he is allowed under state law to possess the weed, Kha demanded it be returned to him, and in June 2009, he won his lawsuit and the city had to pay his legal fees.

Fertal told the Register that the city's ban carries too much risk of further litigation, but that officials will be quick to fine any cannabis collective that fails to register. "his way we know who is in our city and where they are located," Fertal explained. "Once we know that, we will be performing background checks into the individuals who are running these operations."

Assuming the city council vote goes as expected, Fertal added, the city's next step would be to pass a zoning ordinance, mirroring state laws already in place, that would prohibit cannabis clubs from operating too close to schools or homes.

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playerx
playerx

$200,000 for 1/8th oz. of #medical #cannabis has to be a #record. Does anyone keep #statistics of this?

Joseph
Joseph

My goodness...they have their priorities.  No coffee shop cleavage, but YES to drugs???

SteveO
SteveO

1. sunset beach has reported a drop in crime since the clinics opened.2. these locations are secure inside and out, very little crime is allowed to occur and the only fatalities/injuries are against medical patients seaking relief  when the police use unnecessary force. site: vounded vet ptsd patient killed on a botched raid uncovering no usable evidence.3.i am a petient. perscription drug regiments were no longer prevailing and i was loosing the battle with life very quickly. for whatever reason, this helps... Its been 3 years now, i have 2 degrees and lead a very sucessful profrssional life.

Drue
Drue

OC Weekly, how many articles have you done on shooting in or near these awesome lil shops?

DPWatchdog
DPWatchdog

You are barking up the wrong tree. Turns out according numerous law enforcement crime research based on their statistics completely debunks that there is more crime in and around these collectives. The crime rate is equal to the crime rate for pharmacies, and less than banks and jewelry stores.

And, in a few locations where a collective opened the crime rates declined.

BREAPOASUCKS
BREAPOASUCKS

Detective Shawn Neel, President of the Brea Police officers association, led the charge in shutting down Brea's clinic. Ironically, he was the same guy who MURDERED Jullian Collender, the unarmed man in Yorba Linda last year.

Ugly city.union politics at it's worse.

Nicholasreynolds
Nicholasreynolds

 Fucking Dana Point has spent almost a million dollars on ensuing law suits to stop pot shops.  10 new teachers?  A new park?  NO, let's fucking spend it on lawyers!  Fucking dolts.

TheMarijuanaGuy
TheMarijuanaGuy

$200,000 of our tax money for 8 grams of pot.  :'( 

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